Former Member of National Shakespeare Company Speaks at FHU

FEBRUARY 25, 2013

Dr. Stephen Huff, formerly of the National Shakespeare Company, came to Freed-Hardeman University Feb. 13 for a workshop in the Black Box Theatre on Shakespearean performance.

Theatre majors and Maroon and Gold Day visitors attended the event. Huff had prepared a number of hands-on activities for those in attendance. These included a series of warm-ups and walking in various rhythms while reciting phrases from Shakespeare. At the end of the workshop, Huff watched the participants perform scenes from Shakespeare’s plays and gave them direction as to how Shakespearean lines should be delivered.

“Understanding Shakespeare is a very difficult task and knowing how to perform it is just as important as what you are performing,” says Rachel Geiser, a sophomore theatre: performance major who attended the event. “Stephen Huff was very easy to listen to and understand,” she said.

Huff has portrayed roles in numerous productions of Shakespeare’s plays. He toured with the National Shakespeare Company in “Romeo and Juliet” and “The Tempest.” He later served as the company’s tour director. He recently completed a PhD in theatre history and dramatic literature at City University of New York and has taught at the University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Hunter College, and Marymount Manhattan College.